Iain's love of travel was sparked at a young age. He had lived in three countries by the age of ten and has gone on to visit over 40 countries, across six continents, since then. Alongside his passion for travel runs another for wildlife and nature. Many of Iain's travels have focused on seeing wildlife in its natural habitat and include tracking grizzly bears in British Columbia, rhino in Namibia and gorillas in Uganda as well as scratching grey whales in Baja California.
This helps explain his interest in Africa, which was initially sparked following trips to Egypt, Kenya and Mauritius as a teenager. The variety of wildlife and their incredible natural habitats, alongside the fascinating history and diverse cultures of Africa, has continued to draw him back; most notably in 2010 when he travelled overland across eight countries from Nairobi to Cape Town.
Before joining Audley Iain worked as a lawyer in the City of London. Having previously considered a career in travel he decided it was time to focus on his passions for travel and wildlife and now specialises in three of his favourite countries: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. .
I'll never forget when…
I had seen rhino from vehicles elsewhere in Africa and read about tracking rhino on foot in Damaraland prior to visiting.
Nothing prepared me though for the emotion I felt as we approached a female black rhino and her calf on foot. Ironically it was actually not seeing them (initially) that is so memorable. Both rhinos were hidden by the dense Mopani trees as we approached and before I could lay eyes on them the mother caught our scent and was spooked. So my first experience was the noise of her loud grumbles, the rumbling of rocks under their feet and the anticipation from the rustle of the trees as she began to move – were the rustling trees those between us and them? Or were they heading in a different direction?
It all happened so fast. Thankfully it was the latter as they put some distance between us and them. We did eventually catch up to them and this time, standing a little further away than before, I was able to see them; incredible animals and one of the rarest on the planet.